WASHINGTON – Packers Provision of Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico on Friday became the latest company to recall Nicaraguan beef.

The company has recalled about 420 pounds of froze beef trim that may be contaminated with E. coli O175:H7, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The products are 60-pound bulk boxes of “BM-95 BONELESS BEEF.” Each shipping container bears the establishment number “Nicaragua 4” inside the Nicaraguan mark of inspection. The shipping label bears the item number “00003,” and pack date of “8-19-08.”

The frozen beef trim products were produced on Aug. 19, 2008, and were exported to the United States and then sent to distributors and establishments in Puerto Rico. These products were reportedly sent to establishments for further processing.

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling of imported product from a foreign establishment that was then sent to multiple importers of record in the United States. The agency has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.


Source: Food Safety and Inspection Service